Crawick Multiverse

Crawick Multiverse

Crawick Multiverse is landscape artist Charles Jencks’ creation on the site of a former open cast coal mine in Upper Nithsdale.

The multiverse was created using material found at the site, including thousands of boulders half buried below the ground. The landscape represents various cosmic patterns and combines four opposite ecologies – grasslands, mountains, a water gorge and a desert. It takes you on a journey past the Milky Way to a supercluster of galaxies, and then to a multiverse. Well, that’s the story…..

It’s a place I would love to visit in the winter when there’s snow or frost on the ground.

 

Bolton Abbey Portrait

Bolton Abbey Portrait

While visiting the Yorkshire Dales Railway near Skipton, I took a number of environmental portraits of the volunteers who work on the line and this picture was taken on the platform at Bolton Abbey station before taking the train back to Embsay.

 

Clydesdales

Clydesdales

A visit yesterday into the hinterland took me, in the company of members of the Stewartry Camera Club, to Blackstone Clydesdales near Cumnock.

This is the first time that I have tried my hand at photographing horses….and beauties they were!

Perhaps that accounts for the fact that I only caught his nose….definitely the best part though!

 

At Singapore Stores

At Singapore Stores

As a photographers we take our opportunities where we can and in India those opportunities are plentiful. Many shops and businesses are open to the street which has a number of benefits. The main one I suppose is access and the consequent lack of privacy. People working in these businesses are a part of the hurly burly of street life and are used to the potential for interaction with others on the street. The other benefit is that daylight streams into the premises which certainly helps to make the photography easier and more interesting.

This picture was taken in the town centre of Kannur in Kerala.

 

Street Scene: Agra

Street Scene

Agra in Uttar Pradesh is rightly famous for the magnificent Taj Mahal but I found the streets of the city just as fascinating. The contrasts couldn’t be more extreme of course but then the history of cultures is founded on the striving of the masses that enable the achievements of the culture. In every back street you come across the artisans practicing their craft and at every level you see a common appreciation of beauty and refinement. Out of chaos comes order. Even the masses aspire to higher ideals…..

Strange contradictions here. There is beauty even in chaos.

 

Pickering

Pickering

A slightly different view of the steam train standing at Pickering Station recently on the basis that you can’t have enough pictures of such subject matter particularly as it recreates one of the joys of my childhood, that of standing at the side of the track waiting with growing excitement as the sound of a steam engine grows into a thunderous roar as it hurtles past with an express……… yes!